Waiver Wire: Bengals' Jones among top pickups

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10/29/2013 1:24:16 PM
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Each week, we will run down the top waiver wire pickups with a focus on the coming week and rest of the season.


Jason Campbell (vs Ravens)
Last week: 22/37, 293 yards, 2TDs
Campbell earned himself a second straight start for the Browns after a strong showing in a narrow loss to the undefeated Chiefs last week. The Browns have basically moved on from the Brandon Weeden era so barring injury Campbell will be the starter the rest of the way. It's a good thing too because Campbell has a much better arm, and also showed better movement and decision making than Weeden is capable of. He's a good QB2 against the Ravens this week.

Case Keenum (vs Colts)
Last week: 15/25, 271 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Keenum was impressive if unspectacular in making his first NFL start on the road against a very good Chiefs defence two weeks ago. He showed nice touch on his throws never looked flustered and hey, he didn't throw a pick-six as Texans QBs have been wont to do this year. Coming off the bye week, Keenum will have had plenty of time running the first team offence and practice and should be well prepared to face a Colts defence that, while still good, is nowhere near as dominant as the Chiefs'.

Terrelle Pryor (vs Eagles)
Last week: 10/19, 87 yards, 2INTs; 106 rush yards, rush TD
Pryor turned in a complete dud in the passing game last week throwing for just 87 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. But if you had him in your fantasy lineup you probably weren't all that upset about it thanks to his 93-yard rushing touchdown on the Raiders opening drive. His rushing numbers likely won't be that gaudy again this week, but his passing numbers should improve against the Eagles. Even mediocre passing games can produce nice fantasy results with Pryor thanks to his legs.

Nick Foles (at Raiders)
Last week: injured
Foles appears likely to return from his concussion this week and with Michael Vick out indefinitely with a hamstring injury, Foles would undoubtedly get the nod from Chip Kelly over Matt Barkley. Foles has done a decent job when called upon for the Eagles and can probably be considered a solid QB2 with potential against the Raiders this week.

Others: Josh McCown (vs Packers), Ryan Tannehill (vs Bengals)


Daryl Richardson (vs Titans)
Last week: 8 carries, 39 yards, 1 catch, 8 yards
Zac Stacy went down with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the Rams loss to the Seahawks on Monday night opening the door for Richardson in Week 9. If Stacy's ankle turns out to be serious, which it appeared to be, then Richardson figures to see a heavy workload as the Rams lead-back. The Rams offence is a mess right now so I wouldn't expect a very efficient day carrying the ball, but given enough volume that might not matter for fantasy purposes.

Ben Tate (vs Colts)
Last week: Bye
Tate is still dealing with four broken ribs, but is progressing well in his recovery and figures to play against the Colts this week. With Arian Foster's status up in the air due to a hamstring injury Tate figures to see a pretty sizeable workload against Indianapolis if he plays. If Foster can't go then Tate becomes a must start in virtually all formats.

Shane Vereen (vs Steelers - out)
Last week: injured reserve
Vereen has been on IR designated to return with a broken wrist since his breakout effort in Week 1. He isn't due back until after the Patriots bye in Week 11 but now is the time to start thinking about stashing him if you have room on your bench. When he returns, Vereen figures to slide right back into his featured role on passing downs as a hybrid running back/receiver. In the Patriots' offence that gives Vereen a lot of value, particularly in PPR formats.

Andre Brown (Bye)
Last week: injured reserve
Much like Vereen, Brown is soon to return from the IR. He has been practicing the last two weeks and is expected to return as soon as he is eligible in Week 10 following the Giants bye. As soon as he does, Brown figures to see a lot of carries given the state of the Giants backfield. Peyton Hillis has been mediocre, Brandon Jacobs has too and is dealing with a gimpy hamstring while David Wilson still has no timetable for his return from a neck injury.

Others: Andre Ellington (Bye), Joseph Randle (vs Vikings)


Marvin Jones (at Dolphins)
Last week: 8 catches, 122 yards, 4 TD
Look, there is no way that Jones will repeat his four touchdown performance again this season, but that's three straight weeks now that he has found the endzone. Jones has established himself as a legitimate red zone target and is developing some nice chemistry with Andy Dalton. However, expectations should be tempred somewhat given the fact that Jones played on just 19 snaps in the Bengals win over the Jets.

Kenny Stills (at Jets)
Last week: 3 catches, 129 yards, 2 TD
Stills is not someone you can rely on for consistent week to week production given how evenly Drew Brees distributes the ball to his receivers not named Jimmy Graham. However, he is establishing himself as the Saints primary deep threat which means there is always the potential for a big game. Stills scored on passing plays of 69 and 42 yards on Sunday. He's hit or miss, but there's big upside.

Darrius Heyward-Bey (at Texans)
Last Week: Bye
With Reggie Wayne lost for the year, Heyward-Bey figures to have an increased role in the Colts offence coming out of their bye. T.Y. Hilton is now the Colts No.1 receiver, but Heyward-Bey has a chance to establish himself as a solid second option. DHB played a significant role in the Colts win over the Broncos in Week 7 catching four balls for 44 yards and a touchdown and should see an even bigger workload against the Texans this week..

Dexter McCluster (at Bills)
Last Week: 7 catches, 67 yards, 1 TD;
McCluster would be a very speculative pickup in most formats at this point but might be worth a flyer as he is getting more and more looks in the passing game. He has led the Chiefs in receiving in each of the last two weeks hauling in 11 balls for 137 yards with one touchdown. If your league values return yardage then McCluster is definitely worth an add.

Others: Aaron Dobson (vs Steelers), Lance Moore (at Jets), Kris Durham (Bye), Drew Davis (at Panthers)


Coby Fleener (at Texans)
Last week: Bye
Much like Heyward-Bey, Fleener figures to see an increased workload with Reggie Wayne out. In fact, Fleener may end up reaping the rewards of Wayne's absence even more than DHB will since he is better suited to a possession role than Heyward-Bey whose main asset is speed.

Tim Wright (at Seahawks)
Last week: 5 catches, 48 yards, 1 TD
The Bucs rookie tight end was targetd eight times by fellow rookie Mike Glennon last week and hauled in five catches for 48 yards and his first career touchdown. Wright has been targeted at least six times in three of the Bucs' last four games and is clearly becoming a focal part of their passing offence. He is quickly climbing up the TE rankings.

Others: Tyler Eifert (at Dolphins), Scott Chandler (vs Chiefs), Garret Graham (vs Colts)

Marvin Jones (Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images)


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